Pitbulls in the Nursery
Lunatic


2.5
average

Review

by Tyler Munro EMERITUS
December 6th, 2006 | 9 replies | 6,234 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Never overly technical and never too melodic, Lunatic falls on a middle ground that's barely satisfying to fans of either.

French death metal – and yes I'm including Quebec in this – is a fucking behemoth. Pitbulls In The Nursery are yet another addition to said behemoth, and in spite of having one of the dumbest names ever, they aren't that bad.

Sadly they're not that great either.

To be blunt, Pitbulls In The Nursery is excruciatingly adequate. Not quite as technical as Martyr, not quite as good as Gorod, PITN fall somewhere in between.

Lente Agonie, which translates to Slow Agony, a fitting title, follows the growing trend of shitty intros in the death metal world, but luckily Lunatic Factory gets things off to a surprisingly awesome start. The song starts with gripping bass work and complex, machine-like drumming. Then it more or less turns to shit, as a wall of off-time dissonance completely knocks the song so far off course that even a bit of Cynic-inspired tomfoolery can save it.

Pitbulls In The Nursery flex their technical muscle in a style akin to the juicebag at the gym, the one lost in the abyss of his own greased up flesh, starting into the mirror with gleeful satisfaction. Sure, he looks big, but the fact is those muscles he's staring at are mostly water. And if it's all filler, who cares?

It's not to say this album is full of filler, in fact it's on the contrary. Other than the intro, there are only two other instances of filler (Antagony and the dead air at the end of In My Veins, before the soon to be mentioned hidden track). In place of filler, Lunatic is chock full of unnecessary flaunting and unnatural song-writing. The album carries along adequately, and while there are no real weak songs, there's also nothing particularly strong. Sure, it's technical, but I'm not impressed. For the most, this is something I've heard before. Apart from some inventive transitions and a ridiculously precise (albeit overly triggered) rhythm section, the album is instrumentally satisfactory. While technical to a reasonable degree, the guitar work is a pretty standard affair and the vocals don't stand out at all; your typical mediocre growl. To be frank, this is pretty formulaic. After the half of the album, you've more or less heard all these guys have to offer.

Nonetheless, Pitbulls In The Nursery show great promise. Though the album is more or less mediocre, some tracks really catch me, if only for a second. The blastbeat to chug-a-lug transitions and precise riffery of W. Crew mesh tech-era Death with the ever-popular post-trash chug action, while the bass tapping found in Impact does an excellent job at putting the bass guitar in the lead roll. Sadly the former, much like Lunatic Factory, falls back on a calming atmospheric touch that serves more as a distraction than anything.

The band's aim to be cyber-metal is most definitely achieved, and though their technical prowess is certainly outweighed by sub-par song-writing, it makes for an interesting listen. If the band can separate themselves from mechanical instrumentation and learn to focus a little more on song-writing, there is most definitely hope for improvement. I do have to admit that the Psychedelic Middle-Eastern hidden track is kind of cool at first, but it almost instantly becomes ear-rapingly irritating, only to sort of redeem itself as it carries on. Lunatic is overall an entertaining album, but on the whole it's pretty forgettable. It's always nice to hear a technical album that's not a pain in the ass to listen to, though, so points for that.


+ Excellent Drumming
- It's too triggered

+ Technical Instrumentation
- Mediocre song writing

Take Meshuggah, and Death and Cynic and you have Pitbulls In The Nursery. As formulaic as it may be, there's definitely a glimmer of hope.



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Tyler
Emeritus
December 6th 2006



7926 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Derp.

Tyler
Emeritus
December 6th 2006



7926 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

yeah.

I originally had a penis in butt joke, but then took it out and editing late night got the best of me.

There are probably other mistakes, i didnt proof this as well as i should have. Then again, I didnt write it that well either.

Sputnik the review site is better than the forums right now, trust me. Posts are disappearing and re-appearing, and are showing up totally out of order.This Message Edited On 12.06.06

Toaster
December 6th 2006



343 Comments


Awhile ago I heard the first bit of Lunatic Factory, which is amazing, downloaded the album and was hugely disappointed. They also need serious help picking song/band names.. I mean, Monkey's Masturbation? Corrupt TV??

Tyler
Emeritus
December 6th 2006



7926 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

vote

Yeah, it's really underwhelming. Their names would be slightly funny if they didnt seem to take themselves so bloody seriously, like if they were a grind band or something.

RottedFlesh
December 6th 2006



213 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

They are a rather silly lil metal band...

Tyler
Emeritus
December 6th 2006



7926 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Ooooh, harsh rating.

They have so much potential that it really pisses me off to see them writing such a boring album.

ToWhatEnd
December 7th 2006



3172 Comments


They have so much potential that it really pisses me off to see them writing such a boring album.
It really is a shame when bands fall into that trap, or if they can't utilize their talent/potential. Ah well, that name is down right bad. *obeys your tiny font and votes*

Txus
December 7th 2006



75 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Really good review as always, Tyler. They know how to play their instruments, I give you that but this album is really bland and generic.

Piglet
November 6th 2009



4653 Comments


looks like the next Blackwater Park



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